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[vimeo:2mu2nk8e]

V For Vendetta: The FanEdit

What is it about? Terrorist, Madman or Murderer, whatever you call him, he is forcing change and giving people hope. This FanEdit is an attempt to create a Film Version which is more in keeping with the Original Graphic Novel.

Tagline: This is England. After a nuclear war that leaves the planet ravaged, Fascism has become the force that rules our lives. Freedom is obsolete. FATE, the corrupt ruling power will stop at nothing to consolidate its power and emasculate its people. Terrorist, Madman or Murderer, whatever you call him; He is forcing change! Yet what is one man against the might of the political machine? We call him V and he gives us hope.

Name - V For Vendetta: The FanEdit
Original Film - V For Vendetta
Film Studio - Warner Bros.
Editing - Mollo
Original Film Release - April 2006
FanEdit Release - 1st May 2008 (V.3 May 2009)
Original Runtime - 132 min
New Runtime - 142 min

DVD Features: Double Layer PAL DVD. Menu, Scene Selection, Trailers, Interview & Info.

AVI version 1.5 GB

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V For Vendetta
It Happened Here
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Conceptual Improvements /advancements of edit over original

I love the Graphic Novel V For Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd but the film though visually striking was a real cop-out.

This FanEdit is an attempt to create a Film Version which is more akin to the Graphic Novel.

Life after a Nuclear War on the scale depicted by the Graphic Novel is virtually impossible but I have re-introduced this idea. I have also erased any mention of America as it was destroyed in the conflict. I have also changed the political landscape of the film which depicted authoritarian conservatism to the original concept of Nation Socialism. Evey is no longer a yuppie television PA. I have cut all scenes with Deitich (Stephen Fry) and Rockwood (the expository V in disguise) as they were not in the Graphic Novel (and are awful).

I hope I have made V more mysterious with cuts to his more simplistic Hollywood-ish dialogue and his overt "I am mad" acting. I have also changed V's motivation for imprisoning Evey, which in the film is hate, to the appreciation and realization of real freedom. This has now become a profound and bonding experience between Evey and V as it was in the original Graphic Novel. Evey now does not leave V. I have also changed the timeline of the film to reflect more closely that of the Graphic Novel. Finally I have changed the ending to leave a sense of ambiguity about England's future by the removal of the seriously contrived machine-like people in V Costumes.

What I hope I have done with this FanEdit is invoke the spirit, depth and excitement of the original Graphic Novel but I will let you be the judge of that.

This FanEdit was inspired by Alan Moore.

Cuts removed/added/extended

Contains Spoilers!

1. New: Opening Montage of Nuclear War
2. New: Scenes of London after the War
3. New: Scenes of Birth of National Socialism in Britain
4. Cut: Guy Fawkes prologue/Flashback
5. Cut: Evey's Narration
6. New: Opening Title
7. New: Part One Title Card
8. Cut: Evey and V dressing
9. Cut: V's 'mad' acting after killing the finger men
10. Cut: Evey's inane responses and some unnecessary lines by V
11. Cut: Evey from the Television Tower
12. Shadow Gallery: Cut references to TV tower and mazing Dominic
13. Split: Prothero Shower Scene with Finch Scenes
14. Shadow Gallery Kitchen: Cut Evey asking V about blowing Up Parliament. (V is not so direct or simple)
15. New Montage: (To give V some mystery and show Prothero in Uniform for the first time)
16. Shadow Gallery Library: Cut some of Evey's Dialogue about her family and images of a more liberal political climate (leaflets)
17. Cut: Evey betraying V to Bishop (as it does not make any logical sense)
19. Cut: Cready's remarks about TV Tower
20. New: Part Two Title Card
21. New: Position of Television Broadcast/Attack/Evey Removed
22. Removed: All Stephen Fry scenes
23. Cut: Some of Valerie's seriously affected and sibilant dialogue (if only I could have got another actress to re-dub this)
24. Cut: Valerie's mention of America
25. Shadow Gallery: Cut some lines so now V is less apologetic about imprisoning Evey
26. Shadow Gallery: Cut V's "Hate! yes thats it!" line (as it completely misses the point!) and the mention of Stephen Fry
27. Shadow Gallery Roof: Rearranged and added shots
28. New: Part Three Title Card
28. Cut: Evey Leaving
29. Cut: V Crying
30. New Scene: Evey and V dance (as in the Graphic Novel)
31. Cut: Scenes of V as old-man informer (expository dialogue and a completely unnecessary movie invention)
31. Television Reporting: Cut American Civil War item
32. Added and Rearranged Shots of Finch explaining the plot (to be more like an Acid Trip)
33. Cut: Metal body armour (Ideas are bullet proof!)
34. Cut: Troops & V costumed populous
35. Cut: Evey's final narration
36. Added: New Partial Credits & New Music

Numerous cuts and additions were made that are not listed.

Note:
1. As continuity goes, the bump on Evey's head can be attributed to the attack by the finger men in an earlier scene.
2. During V's broadcast, the timeline is compromised in one sentence. This has now been corrected in V.3

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DVD Art

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Thanks for hanging on. Here is some alternative DVD Cover Art. Hope you enjoy the FanEdit!

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I appreciate the work, but please mention if something is PAL or NTSC...
Guess I'll only watch it on my computer.
 

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An oversight on my part. Sorry. It seems that I will have to do a NTSC version which will take some time.
 

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ss4johnny
Not sure how you are setup for funds but if are willing to spend $19-40$ US, you can get a cheapy budget dvd player that 99% of the time will convert the pal signal over to ntsc for you. Likewise the xbox and the xbox 360 both convert PAL over to NTSC on the fly.
 

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ss4johnny said:
I just bought a PS3, can that do it?
Don't bet on it - the PS3 is Region-locked and it doesn't sound like that's going to change anytime soon. :|
 

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converting pal to ntsc has nothing to do with region codes. I am quite sure his vendetta edit is region free.

ss4johnny
burn the dvd as usual and pop it in your ps3. See if it will play it for you.
 

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tranzor said:
converting pal to ntsc has nothing to do with region codes. I am quite sure his vendetta edit is region free.
Maybe, but if the PS3 that he bought is a US/NTSC version, than it will not play a PAL DVD at all.
 

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JasonN said:
Maybe, but if the PS3 that he bought is a US/NTSC version, than it will not play a PAL DVD at all.


Can you verify this? I searched online and saw no real answer given. You also have to bear in mind not all PAL dvds are region coded, so unless you personally tried a region free PAL dvd I need some kind of verification
 

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tranzor said:
Can you verify this? I searched online and saw no real answer given. You also have to bear in mind not all PAL dvds are region coded, so unless you personally tried a region free PAL dvd I need some kind of verification
I previously tried playing my PAL copies of Feherlofia and Watership Down in a friend's PS3 (I don't plan on buying one till Metal Gear Solid 4 comes out) and the DVDs wouldn't play - I kept getting a "PAL playback not supported" messege.
 

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Wow, they really did stick it to the fans huh? The newest ps3 gens are not even ps2 compatible anymore, they simple just removed it (xbox however keeps going in the very opposite direction). Well if it helps I saw mention of a possible "dvdx" for the ps3 which would fix that issue and should allow you to play PAL dvds with an on the fly convert.
 
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Wow, sounds great.
If you ever want to create a HiDef version of this I can give you access to my HD-DVD...
 

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V for Vendetta: the fanedit by Nick Mollo

review by boon23

Prologue:
Having just finished my review for ELEVEN I found myself in the mood to watch more from this promising faneditor and continued with his V for Vendetta fanedit. It is quite a long time ago, since I watched the original movie and my remembrance is not th every best, because most of all the movie left me kind of unimpressed. I remembered some details like the 1000s of Vs in the end and the roses, that strange Superhero creature that comes out of the flames and of course the strange mask.
So it was actually kind of a new movie and I could enter it open mindedly and was really impressed with what I got.


As for all my reviews: this is just my personal opinion of this fanedit. I cannot tell anybody else, if he or she will experience it in the same way or the opposite. So my review is not objective and does not reflect the opinion of fanedit.org.

!!!!This review contains heavy spoilers!!!

The edit:
This fanedit cuts quite a lot of scenes from the original movie, but also features additional footage from other movies as well as some compositions created by the faneditor, which results in a 10 minutes longer runtime. Still the chnages are sometimes radical and most of all for the better.
The introduction gives a clearer picture of what happened to change the UK to a dictatorship and is really well done. With some of the endless narrations gone, the beginning has a way better flow to it and works like a charm combining plot and pacing for a great watching atmosphere. The appearance of V and his strange way of talking is still irritating though, but I got used to it pretty soon. The idea of including chapter cards is a wonderful one.
The relationship of Evey and V is is much improved in this version and all that crap about Evey wanting to escape is so easily solved in the fanedit, whereas it is so unbelievable in the original movie. Even the torture scenes work kind of well. Unfortunately the cutting of the flashbacks of Valerie doe snot work well, feels chopped and again, like in his ELEVEN fanedit, the usage of fadeouts got a bit too much with a bad peak at a slow motion scene of Evey being drowned, that really looks artificial and not like a part from the movie, because this technique was never again used.
The killings work really well and so does the investigation of Finch.
The TV studio part is an example of great editing, because it works wonderfully. Everything that was unnecessary was removed. There is one striking thing, which the faneditor already mentioned. Finch's assistant seems to successfully stop V and the scene would have needed an outcome. It feels incomplete.
The showdown would have worked better for me with the metal armor being still existent. Ideas are bulletproof, yeah, but people aren't. I always like to believe what I see and in this case I couldn't. Removing the revolution with the 1000s of Vs was a courageous move. It worked though. I am not sure it did for the better, but it did and the entire ending composition is real nice and ends the movie satisfying to the watcher, which is a great and rare thing for an extreme fanedit. It felt a bit strange to see V (who was already dead) in this composition, but it was still ok as a remembrance of him.

This fanedit is a huge improvement over the original, especially in the overall atmosphere. The annoying John Hurt is much less annoying and a lot of needless babbling is so well removed, making this a real good movie to watch. The chapter cards add well to the flow and the atmosphere and with only some minor flaws present the entertainment does not get spoiled. I liked it a lot and recommend it to be watched by everyone. The editing was almost perfectly executed.
editing: 4 of 5,
entertainment: 5 of 5


Image quality:

The image is clear and kind of sharp. However, the PCM audio takes away too much from the video bitrate.
Video quality: 4 of 5

Audio editing and audio quality:
The audio editing was flawless and a lot was done to make this possible. The audio comes in 48000Hz PCM stereo. With the original 5.1 this is not a perfect support for surround systems, but still very good.
audio editing: 5 of 5
audio quality: 4 of 5


DVD:
The DVD comes in the same style as the previous one (ELEVEN), which is great, because it feels comfortable, besides looking really good. All menus are animated with sound playing. There are no extras this time. Cover art is included, there is no disc art.
This results in a 4 of 5 rating from me for DVD authoring and Extras.

Final result: 4 of 5. This is a great fanedit. You should watch it!

poll: you can change your vote whenever you want to.
 

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From one extreme to the other, glad you liked it and thanks for the reviews.

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I don't post much, but I wanted to say that this edit was first-class, and genuinely turns a terrible movie into something not only watchable, but has re-shaped it into a very good movie that now retains a hint of the spirit of the source material that is completly missing from the studio-released version.

Good stuff!
 

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great job on this, nick.

key: fanedit (original)

* enjoyment 9/10 (6/10)

i just watched this last night and this is a great improvement to the original. i liked the intro, the smart editing "referencing" key parts of the storyline and definitely enjoyed the lack of lameness included in the later half of the movie (big brother characters, the "everyone has a mask" routine, narrative, etc.).

essentially all the ideas on this edit are awesome, just refining is needed. there were a few plot holes and jumps due to editing, but not awkward.

also, removing the "everyone has a mask" plot point at the end would seem to also point towards removing the scenes of actually shipping them? i think this could have been completely removed OR include a few more scenes of them being used.

* editing quality 9/10 (9/10)

the actual editing was great. very well done!

* audio quality 6/10 (9/10)

so i'm surprised that boon didn't mention any of the things i ran into. for me the audio was constantly fluctuating. i'm assuming it is related to the mix to PCM. also the use of LPCM is a confusing one, more below...

* video quality 7/10 (9/10)

so a few negatives to get out of the way... although anamorphic (excluding the additional scenes used.) the video is still boxed (by 42+ pixels according to avidemux). i think either a proper anamorphic picture, or resizing the additional scenes would be best.

AC3 could have been used rather than LPCM to allow for a better image while sacrificing no significant audio quality. And V is a great film for 5.1 as well.

* dvd mastering 5/10 (9/10)

this might be just my oppo PAL>NTSC conversion, but the main menu was all F'ed up. very choppy and unusable. also, i think by now everyone is including at least an "about this edit" section. i'm all for simple menus, so this isn't a detriment. because of the PAL>NTSC conversion (possibly being the problem) i'm not counting this in my tally.

* conclusion:

fanedit 7/10 > 4/5
original 6/10 > 3/5

this was a great watch, but could be much better (i.e. 10/10) if the above stuff wasn't involved in the tally. the ideas in this edit were awesome. i'm going to be watching ELEVEN soon as well.
 
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